“Given Enough Rope” And More Poetry by C. Mesler


Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and New Stories from the South. He has published over 20 books of fiction and poetry. With his wife he runs Burke’s Book Store (est. 1875) in Memphis.

Artwork by Edward Michael Supranowicz


Headache

A headache the size and shape
of Milwaukee
and it’s sunny and cold
in Memphis
where I sit like a deposed author
who used to know
so much about the heart and its
messages, incoming and outgoing.

Given enough rope

Given enough rope
we could all hang
ten; we could all
find a way to the
monkey’s den. And
once there we could
all fall in love. It would
be that kind of apocalypse.


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In Parentheses Magazine (Volume 7, Issue 2) Fall 2021

By In Parentheses in IP Volume 7

112 pages, published 10/14/2021

The Fall 2021 issue of In Parentheses Literary Magazine. Published by In Parentheses (Volume 7, Issue 2)

Author: Mr. Phillipe

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

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